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Skydancer is an exciting new four-year project aimed at raising awareness and promoting the conservation of hen harriers in the north of England.
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  • Blog Post: Special birds in special places

    Well, after barely any movement from Highlander in recent weeks, she’s ‘done a Burt’ and gone exploring. On 4 th December she headed about eight kilometres north of her usual haunt and roosted on the Pennine fringe east of Colne. Rather than continuing north the following morning she...
  • Blog Post: Burt's on the move.

    Autumn and early winter is a great time to look for hen harriers in England. With so few nesting attempts in the country and so few birds out there in summer despite the hundreds of square miles of suitable habitat, the autumn sees numbers swell as harriers begin to disperse from elsewhere. As well as...
  • Blog Post: Breakfast with Burt

    With little new to report on the movements of our harriers in recent weeks it was exciting to hear of a tagged harrier from Scotland being sighted in Essex last week, on one of our fantastic nature reserves at Wallasea Island nonetheless! No such great journeys to report on locally, bar Burt’s...
  • Blog Post: Highlander and Burt – an update

    Apologies for a lack of updates on our tagged harriers - for the past two weeks I’ve been away on a birding trip to Shetland. No Hen Harriers up there due to a natural absence of voles, one of their main food sources, but I was lucky enough to see a juvenile Pallid Harrier – a rare migrant...
  • Blog Post: Hen harrier-inspired music

    This week we’ve got a guest blog from Laurence Rose, former RSPB Northern England Director and a composer, who talks about his hen harrier-inspired composition, Skydancer. I first saw hen harriers skydancing in the late seventies. It was in the Forest of Bowland and the memory of the birds,...
  • Blog Post: Sky and Hope: A plea for information

    Regular readers of this blog will be aware that we have been trying to find out what happened to Sky and Hope, two young hen harriers that fledged from nests in Bowland this year. We were tracking the movements of these birds by satellite but their tags suddenly stopped transmitting last month, within...
  • Blog Post: Silver lining

    As we are currently recruiting a new Skydancer Engagement Officer , I am acting as temporary caretaker for this blog. My name is Chris Collett and I’m the RSPB’s communications manager for Northern England. It’s is my job to get our conservation projects in the pages of our regional...
  • Blog Post: Skydancer Glams It Up

    Skydancer has won Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014. We were shortlisted from over 750 projects across the UK. Last Friday representatives of the Skydancer team, including past project officer Blánaid Denman, and a gamekeeping student Ryan Mort, and lecturer Brian Sweeney...
  • Blog Post: Pastures new.

    Hi there Skydancer followers. I’m temporarily stepping into the breach whilst still keeping one eye on the day job of working with Bowland’s farmers to help conserve wading birds. If you’re not already aware of the project please take a look here as it’s not only harriers keeping...
  • Blog Post: Hope and Burt are still in Bowland!

    As promised, here is the second of what I hope will be many updates from Bowland's sat tagged harriers. Hope and Burt, sister and brother, fitted with sat tags on the 28th July have been flying for about 4.5 weeks now. They are a full month younger than Skydancer and Highlander and those four...
  • Blog Post: Front line diary - They came, they danced, they thrived

    Ever wondered what it would be like to be involved in round the clock protection of a rare breeding bird? With just three pairs of hen harrier nesting in England this year (there should be well over 300) we are at a point where their nests are so precious they need to be monitored 24 hours a day. ...
  • Blog Post: Skydancer has won a National Lottery Award!

    It’s four days later and I’m still buzzing...! Having been shortlisted from over 750 projects across the UK, I’m absolutely delighted to announce that Skydancer has officially won Best Education Project in the National Lottery Awards 2014! Fuelled with coffee for an early morning...
  • Blog Post: Tracking the future of hen harriers

    All summer, RSPB staff and volunteers have been braving cold nights, midges, blazing sunshine, and torrential rain to ensure round-the-clock protection of two of the only hen harrier nests in England this year. Working in close partnership with United Utilities and their shooting and farming tenants...
  • Blog Post: Working with hen harriers - the highs and the lows

    I am pleased to present a guest blog from Mick Demain, the RSPB's seasonal assistant warden in Bowland for the last few years, reflecting on his last few years monitoring harriers Being the seasonal warden for the RSPB in Bowland means I am privileged to be working with raptors every day and undoubtedly...
  • Blog Post: Four more harriers in Bowland!

    So here are the newest additions to the English hen harrier population! © Mick Demain, RSPB. While the five young from the first nest are all flying well now, these little ones in the second nest still have a fair bit of growing before they see the world from above the heather. Given the...
  • Blog Post: Frontline diary - healthy options breakfast (Pancakes with blaeberry jam and skooshie cream)

    Ever wondered what it would be like to be involved in round the clock protection of a rare breeding bird? With just three pairs of nesting hen harriers in England this year (there should be well over 300) we are at a point where their nests are so precious they need to be monitored 24 hours a day. ...
  • Blog Post: Front line diary - a constant state of awe

    Ever wondered what it would be like to be involved in round the clock protection of a rare breeding bird? With just three pairs of nesting hen harriers in England this year (there should be well over 300) we are at a point where their nests are so precious they need to be monitored 24 hours a day. ...
  • Blog Post: Front line diary - life of a hen harrier chick.

    Ever wondered what it would be like to be involved in round the clock protection of a rare breeding bird? With just three pairs of hen harrier nesting in England this year (there should be well over 300) we are at a point where their nests are so precious they need to be monitored 24 hours a day. ...
  • Blog Post: Hen harrier chicks satellite tagged in Bowland

    As we approach the nest, we have to watch our every step for chicks that may have gone on an exploratory shuffle through the knee-deep heather. The adrenalin is pumping as I anticipate what we’re about to find. It’s quickly followed by a wave of relief and happiness as I stand there holding...
  • Blog Post: Five healthy chicks

    Another photo of our ever-growing first brood of hen harrier chicks! These feisty five now have BTO rings and will be given satellite tags this week. Can you spot the one male chick looking somewhat harried by his four big sisters? Photo (c) Mick Demain, Bowland, 2014 Skydancer has been nominated...
  • Blog Post: Front line diary - a bobby dazzler of a job!

    Ever wondered what it would be like to be involved in round the clock protection of a rare breeding bird? With just three pairs of hen harrier nesting in England this year (there should be well over 300) we are at a point where their nests are so precious they need to be monitored 24 hours a day. ...
  • Blog Post: Skydancer is nominated for a National Lottery Award!

    We’ve just been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s National Lottery Awards! What an amazing honour to be just one of seven projects in the running for Best Education Project, selected from more than 750 applications. Winning would mean gaining national media attention for the plight...
  • Blog Post: Front line diary - musings from Bowland's over night hen harrier nest protection staff

    Ever wondered what it would be like to be involved in round the clock protection of a rare breeding bird? With just three pairs of hen harrier nesting in England this year (there should be well over 300) we are at a point where their nests are so precious they need to be monitored 24 hours a day. ...
  • Blog Post: Presenting the first Bowland Hen Harrier chicks!

    Our staff on the ground will be blogging soon about what it's like manning a 24/7 nestwatch, but I just couldn't wait to share this first photograph with you of the first hen harrier chicks to have hatched in Bowland since 2011! Can you spot all five? Bowland hen harrier chicks, 2014 (c...
  • Media: Heroic protection

    Two of RSPB's real Hen Harrier Hero squad, Chris Beever and Jim Harvey, mounting 24/7 guard on England's remaining hen harriers. (c) Steve Ormerod, Forest of Bowland, 2014.